Raza, Waller lead Zimbabwe fightback to stretch lead to 262 runs

Malcolm Waller scored an unbeaten 57 run knock
Malcolm Waller scored an unbeaten 57 run knock

Zimbabwe 356 & 252-6 (Raza 97no) v
Sri Lanka 346 (Tharanga 71)
Only Test, Colombo, day three

Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 97 while Malcolm Waller supported him with a half-century as Zimbabwe reached 252 for six at stumps on day three to stretch their lead to 262 runs in the only Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Zimbabwe started their second innings after gaining a slender 10 point lead. Hamilton Masakadza (7) and Regis Chakabva (6) started the innings positively scoring 14 for naught in the three overs.

However, Rangana Herath (4-85) struck thrice in his first four overs to send Masakadza, Chakabva and Tarisai Musakanda (0) back and reduce the visitors to 17 for three while six runs later Dilruwan Perera (1-69) accounted for Craig Ervine (5). Zimbabwe went into lunch at 23 for four.

A brief 33 run stand from Sean Williams (22) and Raza (97 not out) put a brake on the fall of wickets before the former became the fourth victim of Herath after he was castled by the left arm spinner.

Just as Sri Lanka looked in firm control of things, Raza and Peter Moor (40) negated the Sri Lankan attack with tight defence as Zimbabwe added 103 runs in the second session, losing a solitary wicket.

In the second over of the final session, Raza completed a fine half-century but his 86 run stand with Moor ended when the latter holed out in the deep off Lahiru Kumara (1-43).

That was the last of the success Sri Lanka had on day three as Raza, who scored at a strike rate of over 60 joined forces with Waller (57 not out) and the duo shared an unbeaten 107 run stand to end the day at 252 for six, thereby stretching the lead to 262 runs.

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